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Why choose us?

 A comprehensive eye health and vision examination is your best insurance policy to maintaining a lifetime of clear vision and healthy eyes. Choosing the right eye doctor should be more than making this decision based on being the "cheapest" or "closest" to where you live. You may only be looking to update your eyeglasses or contact lenses, but sometimes a comprehensive eye exam can make the difference between sight and blindness. Often early signs of certain eye diseases can be picked up way before it becomes a problem, as some eye diseases can be extremely deceptive. The office you choose and the doctor you see is one of the most important choices you can make in healthcare.

With your first visit with us at Lifetime Eyecare, you will notice immediately that your eye exam takes longer than your average 10-15 minute time slot at other offices. The reason is simple - a comprehensive eye exam should simply be just that - comprehensive. Anything comprehensive should not make the patient feel like they are "in and out". A comprehensive eye exam takes time and requires experience. At Lifetime Eyecare, we take the time and we have the experience!

 WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY EYE EXAM?

CASE HISTORY:

Either through downloading and filling our forms online or right before your appointment, you will be asked to answer some pertinent questions regarding your general health, medications you are currently taking, any vision problems regarding your sight and comfort of your eyes. Dr. Hook or Dr. Chai will have a thorough conversation at the beginning of your visit.

SCREENING TESTS:

Autorefractor - Provides an estimation of your prescription

Tonometry (Non-Contant Tonometry) - Measures your eye pressure in the eye and is a good screening test in certain eye diseases such as glaucoma.

Retinal Imaging (Fundus Photos) - Photo documentation of the inside of your eyes (retina). Monitor any changes in the future and for patient eduction.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) - A noninvasive microscopic cross section imaging of the retina. It has the ability to detect problems in tye eye prior to any symptoms in the patient.

Visual Acuity Test - The familiar wall chart is used to assess your ability to see the standardized letters at both near and far.

Refraction - Test to determine your eyeglass prescription.

Binocular Vision Testing - Tests to determine how well your eyes work together as a team. Most often if this is lacking, patients will notice double images when both eyes are open.

External Eye Health - Using the slit lamp (please see our animations), Dr. Hook or Dr. Chai will examine the external health of your eyes.

Internal Eye Health - Using the slit lamp, Dr. Hook or Dr. Chai will examine for signs of abnormalities that may indicate possible ocular diseases, such as diabetes or hypertension.

Education - Dr. Hook or Dr. Chai will walk you through in detail the status of your vision and eye health. If we notice any warning signs or requires further testing outside of your routine exam, you will be educated on treatment options and will be scheduled for further examination.

DILATED FUNDUS EXAMINATION

Dr. Hook or Dr. Chai may dilate your eyes either at your current appointment or at a further scheduled date. The use of dilating drops causes your pupils to enlarge so that the doctor can have a better view of the internal structures of the eye. Certain signs can be missed without having dilated eyes.

How long does it take? When dilating drops are instilled, it takes 25-30 mintues for your pupils to dilate.

What is expected with my vision after being dilated? You will most likely notice more light sensitivity as your eyes are letting in more light. In addition, you will also notice a slight blur to your vision, especially at near. The dilating drops also work to "know out" your focusing system.

How long do the drops last for? Typically between 4-6 hours after.

How can I prepare for this exam? Be sure to bring sunglasses to help with the light sensitivity. We also strongly recommend having a driver in the event that it may be uncomfortable while being dilated.

View our animations on our routine exam services.

Dilation Exam

Slit Lamp

 

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide comprehensive, personalized, vision care utilizing state of the art instruments and technology.

Vision Statement:

Our Vision is our patients, whose needs are met by a dedicated, enthusiastic team committed to providing the best professional service possible.

Our Goal:

Our goal is to educate our patients, about their eye health and visual needs for a lifetime.